Ipomoea turpethum / Operculina turpethum is a medicinal and attractive plant. It is also referred to as Indian Jalap, Trivrit, Turpeth, and Nishoth. It has similar qualities, biological effect, and chemical constituents as True Jalap, a cathartic medicine. 

Trivrit / Turpeth is a medicinal herb utilised in Ayurveda, Siddha, and Unani systems of medicine. The roots are thermogenic, purgative, carminative, anthelmintic, expectorant, antipyretic, hepatic, and stimulant, and are used in the treatment of rheumatic and paralytic affections, myalgia (muscular pain), arthralgia (joint pain), pectoralgia (thorax pain), fevers, oedema, jaundice, hepato-splenomegaly, 

The plant's roots are known as Trivrit, Tribhandi, Rechani, Nishotra, Kumbha, Kala, Shyama, and Triputa in Ayurveda. The plant's fleshy roots are harvested, cut, and sun-dried for a day before being shade-dried. The roots are ground and used as a medicine. Turbud, Nishoth, and Karunchivadai are the names given to the plant in Unani and Siddha, respectively. 

Important Medicinal Properties:

Operculina turpethum contains numerous therapeutic qualities. Understanding these qualities will allow us to make better use of this herb. These also show the circumstances under which we should avoid it. It has purgative qualities, for example, and should not be used in loose motions. 

The medical characteristics and meaning are listed below.

  • Antisecretory:Reduces acidity and stomach acid output.
  • Anti-inflammatory:Reducing inflammation by influencing bodily processes
  • Antimicrobial:Antimicrobial activity.
  • Anticancer:Used in the treatment or prevention of cancer.
    • Abortifacient:Causes abortion.